West Virginia Department of Education Announces 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist State Champions

June 29, 2015

Charleston, W.Va.—Thousands of students from across the state showcased their Microsoft Office Word (MOS) Excel and Power Point skills in the 2015 MOS West Virginia State Championship this spring. The top six winners of the state competition were invited to travel to Orlando, Florida on June 18 – 20 to represent West Virginia and to showcase their expert skills on Microsoft Office in a national competition.

The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is proud to recognize the following students for receiving first place in the 2015 MOS West Virginia State Championship: 

  • Sierra Bell, James Rumsey Technical Institute, Word 2013
  • Matthew Byrd, Ritchie County High School, Excel 2013
  • Joshua Arehart, James Rumsey Technical Institute, PowerPoint 2013
  • Kendra Tolley, Carver Career Center, Word 2010
  • Katelyn Lynch, Carver Career Center, Excel 2010
  • Arielle Johnson, Carver Career Center, PowerPoint 2010 

“We view all of our MOS West Virginia State Championship student competitors as winners because of their motivation to earn the valuable credential of industry certification,” said Sterling Beane, WVDE Chief Technology Officer. “These students are gaining the upper hand in today’s competitive academic and professional marketplace by learning the 21st century technology skills they need for success.” 

“I am delighted to see the enthusiasm and dedication of our young competitors in the MOS State Championship,” said state Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano. “I congratulate the six state champions for their extra efforts and look forward to seeing how they put their superior Microsoft Office skills to use in their future endeavors.”

The MOS State Championship is a global competition that tests students' skills on Microsoft Office applications. West Virginia students age 13 to 22 were eligible to participate in one of six competition tracks by submitting a qualified, passing score on any of the following MOS exams: Word (2013 or 2010), Excel (2013 or 2010) and PowerPoint (2013 or 2010). 

 The competition is sponsored by Certiport (www.certiport.com), a Pearson Venue business and the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets. As the competition sponsor, Certiport provides a platform for students to demonstrate success.

 For more information contact the WVDE Communications Office at 304-558-2699.


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